Our protagonist, Romy, is a victim of rape, but the reader quickly learns being raped invites a girlA raw examination of what it's like to be a girl.
Our protagonist, Romy, is a victim of rape, but the reader quickly learns being raped invites a girl to a life that includes many more layers of suffering on top of that one act of sexual violence. Romy is the heart of this book but Courtney Summers expertly places girls and women all over the book's pages, each with their own hardships, all stemming from the mistake they didn't know they were making until it was too late: being born a girl. All The Rage could be the first in a number of books, with each one focusing on a separate female character we've met in this novel. Even though the other female characters might not be rape victims, they have pain, too. One girl goes missing, one hides her own sadness by being a loud-mouthed bully, one is drowning in her motherhood, one is finally overcoming a relationship with an alcoholic, one knows she would get fired if she did the right thing. All these women and girls carry pain with them that wouldn't exist if real equality did.
Summer's story made me breath with a shallowness I couldn't let go and gave me horrible dreams, but it was also beautiful and so incredibly important. I finished the book last night and still when I think about Romy I get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. This is a book to which I can relate and this is a book that gives me power. It's messy and hard and more often terrible than not. This is a book that understands real life....more
Slightly disappointing when the book veered from action to romance. The plot focused more on the budding romance between the two main characters, leavSlightly disappointing when the book veered from action to romance. The plot focused more on the budding romance between the two main characters, leaving behind the character and world building. The reader stopped learning about how the planet and struggles changed those stranded, replacing these growths with freckles, love and cuddling. In the end, some very important things are left unexplained (with the crutch being "it's unexplainable!") and the confidence the characters have of their permanency seems unrealistic. ...more
The writing was not great! But the story was original and surprised me several times. Actually can't say the last time I was legitimately surprised b
The writing was not great! But the story was original and surprised me several times. Actually can't say the last time I was legitimately surprised by a teen book plot, but I have to give props to the publisher for not giving away anything with the teaser on the jacket. I also learned a few things about a few scientific anomalies that I hadn't heard much about before. For these reasons I'm interested in the series. ...more
This is a novel in verse, but I am bad at reading/understanding the waves of poetry line breaks ensure so I read it as more of a clump of words, likeThis is a novel in verse, but I am bad at reading/understanding the waves of poetry line breaks ensure so I read it as more of a clump of words, like a short story or novella, instead of the intended poetry. I didn't recognize the nuances the author probably wrote in there, so I kind of feel like this was a failure of a read for me. I did like the story, though, and (duh) all the gayness was great. I like that gay love stories (even though in this particular case it was just a side story, not the main attraction) are maybe getting more mainstream in teen fiction....more
Hype can ruin anything, especially if you're just a hype observer and not the one creating the atmosphere. People are/have been freaking about this JoHype can ruin anything, especially if you're just a hype observer and not the one creating the atmosphere. People are/have been freaking about this John Green book because JG knows how to hype his own material. And maybe the side effect of the excitement is the high GR rating (currently 4.77) or maybe that rating is a side effect of deep issues (death!) and decent writing, I don't know.
I think my problem with this new book is my inability to detach the writing from the online persona carefully crafted by the writer. I've read all JG's previous books and since I read (and loved!) Will Grayson, Will Grayson I've followed the author on tumblr and twitter for various amounts of time. And, boy, is he annoying. Now that I am telling you I hate-follow him, I realize I am probably just not the target audience (I guess I'm not a nerd fighter?), and he does what he does well online and he gets teens excited about reading, and being a geek, and learning, so I shouldn't hate. But I'm going to anyway.
JG has the problem of making his characters a little too self aware and a little too smart, even if I'd like to think I was as clever as Hazel at 17. This also felt a little bit too teen, if you know what I mean. Always trying to be deep and reaching, a little too hard, for group understanding. I've never read The Perks of Being a Wallflower before, but maybe this is trying to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If nothing else, It seems to be a device for more teenage girls and boys to develop crushes on the author. It reminds me of this: do I watch Vampire Diaries for the story, or do I watch Vampire Diaries for Ian Somerhalder? Who can say, really, but I'm positive it's indistinguishable. Similarly, everyone is reading and loving this because JG is who he is.
This is the crux of the problem with this book in particular. This is a story about cancer and extremely sad events, yet it gives nothing but hope and bearable life lessons. Readers shouldn't leave these words so happy and gushy and in love with the author. It sounds silly, but I just don't think there is enough tragedy. Now let me be clear, I don't know anything about tragedy except for what I've read in books, but isn't that the point? We read sad books in order to prepare us for a time when a terrible thing happens in real life. If our brain occasionally explores these universes, we might be able to deal a little bit better with real disaster in the future. If a book like The Fault in our Stars is all someone has to put in their arsenal, when true tragedy strikes they won't be ready.
The story itself was perfectly JG; believably unbelievable with sadness, happiness, and the thing I actually do love this author for, an amazing boy/boy friendship. Maybe if JG could write a boy buddy novel without a love affair I'd be all over it, but until then I just don't think it's made for me....more
I kind of hated this book the whole time until the last 20 pages when you finally see the friendship that exists between the main character, Min, andI kind of hated this book the whole time until the last 20 pages when you finally see the friendship that exists between the main character, Min, and her 2 friends, Lauren and Al. This all happens after you find out why they broke up. It is really a bummer the whole book had to be about why Min and the colorless Ed broke up. I would have eaten up a story starring Al and Lauren and how they really know how to be best friends, but I guess Handler already wrote that with The Basic Eight.
In fact, Al happens to be from the same character mould as Gabriel from TBE and maybe that's why I love him. Actually, the more I think about it, the only difference between the two is race? They share the same interests and character arch. Whatever, when you write a good character, might as well milk it for all it's worth!...more
In the middle of the road; not terrible, not great. I did like the ending! I was legitimately surprised at the turn of events, and I already picked upIn the middle of the road; not terrible, not great. I did like the ending! I was legitimately surprised at the turn of events, and I already picked up the next one to see how everything is going to play out....more